What is Dad’s Night?
The first Dads’ Night was held in the Kenilworth School of Ridgewood New Jersey in 1944. Over the years, the tradition has been kept alive by the dads of children who attend Ridgewood’s Somerville and Hawes elementary schools. 2019 marks the 75th Anniversary of Dads’ Night!
Each year the dads write their own scripts and songs, play their own music, design and sew their own costumes, build their own sets, and put on a musical review for the hundreds of kids in town.
The funds that are raised are used to buy special needed “wish list” items for the schools. Everyone has a good time, and many long lasting friendships are made. Most importantly, our children learn that their dads are committed to them and their lives. Why else would the dads make such fools of themselves if it weren’t for the love of their children!
Over the past decade alone, Dads Night has provided funds to the Somerville and Hawes Schools that have been used for a litany of child-enrichment purposes including:
- Student Scholarships
- Smart Boards/Cameras
- Subsidizing Science Days
- Audio-Visual Equipment
- Sound & Lighting Upgrades
- Subsidizing Teacher of the Year Awards
- Music Room Stereos
- Subsidizing the Creation of a Cosmic Classroom
- Space Suits
- New Basketball Court
- Subsidizing Children’s Theatre
- New Playground and Playground Equipment
- Computers/TVs/DVDs/Cameras/ Projectors/Microphones
… Plain and simple, it always has been and always will be “for the kids.”